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Kansas girl hauled out of school in handcuffs after making “finger gun” with her hands

From NY Post: A 12-year-old Kansas girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs and charged with a felony — for making a finger gun with her hands, according to reports.

The unidentified Overland Park youngster made the gesture during a class discussion last month in which another student asked which classmates she would kill if she could pick five, sources told The Kansas City Star. (Why is this conversation part of any class discussion?)

She shaped her fingers like a gun — something routinely done in kids’ games — as she pointed to four of her classmates, before pointing her hand at herself, the paper said.

The girl and her classmates were initially sent to their principal at Westridge Middle School. But a school resource officer recommended she be arrested and called police, the Star said.

Officers then hauled her out of school in handcuffs, arrested her and charged the child with a felony for threatening, the paper said. She was later released to her mother and is due in court next Tuesday.

“I want to be very clear: The arrest of this student was wholly unrelated to any district policy,” Shawnee Mission School District spokesman Dave Smith told KSHB. “It was a municipal police department decision, and our policies don’t impact police department decisions.”

Court records claim that on Sept. 18 the girl “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities,” the Star said.

The pupil — who could face as much as a year at a juvenile detention center — is now living in California, the paper said.

Her grandfather, Jon Cavanaugh, insisted the girl did not have access to real guns and “was just mouthing off.”

“I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand,” he told the Star. “I’m really worried about my granddaughter’s future.”

Overland Park police told KSHB that “each case is thoroughly investigated before any arrest is made and a charge filed.”

“Ensuring the safety of everyone in a school, or community, is a top priority and requires constant vigilance,” the force said in a statement.

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Insanity: Library board can’t agree on sex crime background checks proposed after drag queen story event

It’s come to this: We now have people considering allowing “leeway” when it comes to sex offenders hosting children’s events.

And there’s a very good reason to do those background checks.

As reported by Wichita Eagle: A proposal to background-check people for past sex offenses before they are allowed to make presentations at Wichita libraries was put on hold Tuesday, after a split in the board between those who want a complete ban on sex offenders and those who want staff to have some leeway.

The policy originated in a backlash against a drag queen story time almost a year ago at the Advanced Learning Library and has been criticized by the leader of the LGBT-rights group Equality Kansas.

It was apparent from the comments at Tuesday’s meeting that there is strong consensus on the library board that prospective program presenters should be screened through a national web site listing sex offenders.

But that consensus broke down over the issue of how much discretion the staff should have in allowing past sex offenders to participate in library presentations.

Discretion advised…

Board members were split between those who said registered sex offenders should be automatically disqualified from ever giving a talk at the library, and those who said it should be allowable in some circumstances.

On a motion from board Chairman Kevin McWhorter, the board voted to send the policy back to its operations committee for further revision.

Board member Lamont Anderson Sr. referenced a long list of sex crimes covered by the proposed policy including rape, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sodomy, solicitation of prostitution and lewd and lascivious conduct. “To me, some of these, they’re just hard noes,” Anderson said. “It’s not someone I would want presenting to my granddaughter. That’s just me being truthful. When you don’t have a locked-down policy at certain times, you sometimes can create a slippery slope where something gets through the cracks.”

But board member Jonathan Winkler argued that standards for inclusion in the offender registry vary from state to state and that a zero tolerance policy could wrongly ban an ordinary gay person for consensual same-sex conduct that was once illegal but no longer is.

“We wanted to give staff the flexibility to work around situations like that,” he said, speaking through a sign-language interpreter.

Library Director Cynthia Berner said allowing sex offenders to present to children would be a non-starter for her and the staff. But she said it might be OK to include a former sex offender in an adults-only discussion about the criminal justice system.

Several speakers, including the anti-LGBT pastor who suggested the idea of background checks to the board, urged the members to delay passing the policy and use the time to make it more strict.

Pastor Craig Coffey, who leads a small congregation in Derby, said the board erred earlier in passing a policy that appears to allow drag queen story hours like the “Say YAAAS to Reading” event that drew a standing-room-only crowd at the library last year.

Read the whole story here.

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Tattoo artist Kat Von D's company accused of disqualifying Kansas make-up artist from contest over pro-Trump Views

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Kat Von D: Intolerance on display


And yet again, liberals prove just how tolerant they are.
From Fox News: A Kansas woman claims she won a contest sponsored by a company created by the reality TV star Kat Von D — but later was disqualified over a post on her Instagram account which supported then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Makeup artist Gypsy Freeman, of Wichita, took screenshots which show she won the national Saint + Sinner Contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty in June, according to the Wichita Eagle.
“It’s definitely bigotry – it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing,” Freeman told the newspaper. “It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”
Freeman won with an image of an angelic figure beside a girl in an all-black outfit and thick mascara. The winner and a guest were supposed was supposed to be flown to a makeup line launch party in Los Angeles, according to the report.
Instagram users later reportedly discovered Freeman’s pro-Trump post from Election Day in November. 
Freeman claims that Von D later messaged her, saying she’d “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man.”
She also says that the woman who photographed Freeman’s entry was invited in her stead and went to the party, according to the Eagle.
Freeman said it was “really unfortunate” politics were brought into the competition “where I never brought it into the art contest.”
Sunday messages seeking comment from Kat Von D Beauty’s parent company Kendo Holdings were not immediately returned.
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State laws expand concealed gun rights to college campuses, public facilities

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Shannon Watts hardest hit.
From Fox News: Laws allowing concealed guns on college campuses took effect Saturday in several states, including Georgia and Kansas. In Tennessee, concealed guns may now be carried in a broader range of public buildings and bus stations. And in Iowa, permit holders are now able to carry concealed guns in the Capitol.
Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association Institute of Legislative Action, described 2017 as another “successful year for gun rights.”
The new laws continue a pattern of the expansion of gun rights in GOP-controlled states.
The firearms policies are among scores of laws that took effect Saturday, along with the start of the new fiscal year in many states. Some of those laws continue a recent trend of states taking the initiative to fix aging roads and address the drug overdose epidemic.
The gun laws reflect divided public preferences, highlighted by a recent Pew survey that found people nearly evenly split on whether gun control or gun rights were more important.
In Kansas, college students expressed mixed feelings about the new law. “A couple of my friends decided that they were going to go somewhere else, because it kind of freaked them out,” Elena Mendoza, who will start school at Johnson County Community College in the fall, was quoted as telling the Kansas City Star. “Most of us were like, if someone has access to a weapon, they can use it either way.”
Chris Gray, a Johnson County Community College spokesman, said that some students are concerned about the impact of the law. “Generally speaking, people do feel very safe and always have here on campus,” Gray told the Star. “There is that fear of the unknown. What is going to happen?” Gray said.
Johnson County Community College student Nick Serum, 20, believes the law will make the campus more secure. “Does it make me feel safer? I’d say yes,” Serum said to the Star.
Cale Ostby, 27, a Wichita State University student, said that many people in Kansas have concealed guns, and that the concept is nothing new. “It’s insane that I can carry everywhere else except school,” Ostby said.
A voter-approved gun-control initiative prohibiting people from possessing ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets was to go into effect Saturday in California. But it was blocked by a federal judge, who said it would have made criminals out of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who own the magazines. A similar law passed by the Democratic-dominated Legislature also is subject to the preliminary injunction.
For decades, the National Rifle Association pushed for state laws allowing people to carry concealed guns with permits. Having succeeded nationwide, gun-rights advocates now are gradually expanding where those weapons can be taken. Yet even some of the new laws contain exceptions.
Georgia’s law allows people with concealed handgun permits to take their weapons into classrooms but not dormitories, and college sports fans can pack weapons while tailgating but not inside stadiums.
A Tennessee law allowing guns in many local public buildings, bus stations and parks can be voided if authorities instead opt to install metal detectors staffed by security guards.
Concealed guns are now allowed at college campuses in Kansas as a result of a 2013 law that applies to public buildings lacking heightened security such as metal detectors and guards. A four-year exemption for universities expired Saturday. But in a setback for the NRA, a law that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing to take effect without his signature will make permanent a similar exemption for public hospitals and mental health centers.
In Iowa, the new law allowing permit holders to carry concealed guns in the Capital prompted the state Supreme Court to ban weapons in all courthouses statewide.
Gun rights advocates lauded the laws expanding the circumstances in which people may carry an arm.
Advocates for greater gun regulations also are pleased with the results. On Thursday, Democratic-led Hawaii became the third state to enact a law requiring notification to law enforcement when people prohibited from owning guns try to obtain them anyway.
“This was an excellent year for killing bad gun-lobby bills,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “The bills that the gun lobby did get through, in many cases, we helped to water those down.”
Read the rest of the story here.
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Unintended consequences: California’s travel ban may trip up intercollegiate athletic teams

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Way to punish the athletes and guarantee diminishing alumni donations. Brilliant move California…
From SF Gate: California’s newly expanded ban on state-funded travel to states that discriminate against LGBT people could trip up intercollegiate athletic teams in the coming years — not only by restricting where they may play, but how they tap new recruits.
As of Thursday, state employees — including those at the University of California and California State University — are banned from traveling on the public dime to eight states. The shunned states often appear on college teams’ travel schedules. They are: Alabama, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota.
“In terms of recruiting, under current California law our coaches would be restricted from using state funds to travel to affected states,” says a statement issued Friday by the Cal Athletics Department.
On Friday, a day after state Attorney General Xavier Becerra expanded the list from four to eight states, his office told The Chronicle it had received a request for a legal opinion on whether the ban applies to “athletic team staffs” at UC and CSU. His office did not respond when asked who had made the request.
Each of the states in the ban has enacted a discriminatory law since June 26, 2015, according to Becerra, such as preventing adoptions and foster care by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people (South Dakota and Alabama) or allowing school clubs to restrict membership on that basis (Kentucky). In Texas, a law that passed June 15 prohibits the state from “taking adverse action” against religious caregivers, which critics say gives them too much power over the welfare of LGBT children.
California’s travel ban took effect in January and specifically includes the two university systems. But it also exempts them from the ban to fulfill any athletic contracts they entered into with schools in the affected states before Jan. 1. That helps many major college athletic teams — for now — because they set their travel schedules with other schools sometimes years in advance.
But the exemption does not apply to collegiate postseason contests, where teams that do well could find they are headed for one of the states in question.
Eight sports are scheduled to have their top-tier NCAA regionals or championships in states affected by the travel ban within a year: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina. The most notable is the men’s Final Four basketball championship, to be held in San Antonio.
The others are men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor track. Championships for lower-tier schools, including many in the CSU system, also are scheduled for some of the states included in the ban.
When California’s ban took effect in January, the Cal athletic department issued a statement saying: “Our intent is to support our student-athletes in their right to participate in NCAA postseason competition should they be assigned to a restricted state.”
But it’s not clear how they could do that, short of raising private donations to support not only travel costs, but also salaries for coaches and staff, and potentially insurance.
Meanwhile, Cal had been in preliminary talks for a men’s basketball series with the University of Kansas in January, when the travel ban that included Kansas took effect. “Cal got back to us and told us the state ban would prevent it,” said Jim Marchiony, a spokesman for KU athletics.
On Friday, Cal issued a new statement affirming its support of “equity, diversity and inclusion,” adding: “We have an obligation and firm commitment to remain compliant with California law.” The statement also said Cal will fulfill any contracts it signed with affected states before January.
Cal’s baseball team is signed on to play in the Frisco College Baseball Classic in March in Texas. The contract for the event, which features Texas A&M, Baylor and Louisiana Tech, was signed two years ago, former Bears head coach David Esquer said.
At California State University, several campuses have major sports teams, including Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State, Long Beach State, Fresno State and San Jose State.
The news that Texas is now included in the travel ban has made some sports fans nervous at San Jose State, and Lawrence Fan, spokesman for campus athletics, has been fielding questions — mostly about whether the San Jose Spartans will be able to play its scheduled football game at the University of Texas in September. Fan tells them not to worry. The contract was signed in September.
Nevertheless, CSU is taking a close look at the expanded travel ban and will consult with the attorney general if needed, said Toni Molle, spokeswoman for systemwide Chancellor Timothy White. However, she said, “The CSU fully intends to comply with the law, and we will not be using any state funds to pay for travel expenses to any of the banned states.”
Ricardo Vazquez, a spokesman for UC, agreed. But he said, “There have been instances where UC sports teams or researchers attending conferences have used nonstate funds to travel to the states on the list.”
Vazquez did not reply when asked for examples.
At UCLA, spokeswoman Liza David said the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics receives no state funding, but said that UCLA is “committed to promoting and protecting equity, diversity and inclusion.”
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Kansas judge rules Craigslist sperm donor isn’t on hook for child support for lesbian moms

You want to be same-sex parents? Then suck it up and deal with the financial responsibilities that come along with that “right.”
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Via NY Post: A Topeka (Kansas) man who answered a Craigslist ad to donate sperm so two women could have a baby together is not legally the child’s father and isn’t required to provide financial support, a Kansas judge has ruled.
The state Department for Children and Families had not decided as of Tuesday whether it would appeal last week’s ruling by Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi. The department sought to force William Marotta to pay child support for the girl born in December 2009.
Mattivi last year required Marotta to submit a DNA sample to confirm that he was the girl’s biological father and declared he was not “a mere donor of sperm.” But the judge’s Nov. 22 ruling concluded that the birth mother’s former partner should be considered the child’s second parent rather than Marotta, in part because he has had minimal contact with the girl.
The department filed a petition in 2012 to have Marotta declared the child’s legal father and require him to pay child support after the women, birth mother Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer, separated and Schreiner received assistance from the state. The department initially sought to reclaim about almost $6,100 in expenses associated with the child’s birth.
The case illustrated how older laws on assisted reproduction in Kansas and others have not been updated. Charles Baylor, Marotta’s attorney, said the Kansas agency’s position was “radical” and discriminated against same-sex couples. “If the presumptive parent, in this case the non-biological mother, had been a man, they never would have gone after the sperm donor,” Baylor said.
The agency argued that Marotta was legally on the hook for child support — even though he never intended to act as the child’s father — because the two women did not use a physician. In her ruling, Mattivi said Bauer is unable to work and is receiving Social Security disability benefits.
A 1994 Kansas law says a man who provides donated sperm to a doctor for an insemination is not the child’s parent, absent a written agreement saying otherwise.
Marotta and the two women signed a contract in which they agreed to pay him $50 for every semen donation. Legal documents say Schreiner was impregnated with a syringe in early 2009.
Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said the department is disappointed with Mattivi’s ruling, adding in a statement that “the law pertaining to sperm donors is clear and was ignored in this ruling.”
Courtney Joslin, a University of California, Davis, law professor, said a commission on uniform state laws recommended in 2000 and 2002 that states eliminate a requirement that physicians be involved in assisted reproduction to protect sperm donors. Eleven states adopted its recommendations, and California independently repealed the requirement as of this year, she said. Nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that treat an unmarried partner as a legal parent when there is assisted reproduction, Joslin said.

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Judge Mary Mattivi


Mattivi’s latest ruling noted that Schreiner and Bauer are parenting the girl together and that Kansas courts have long held that the child’s best interest is the key issue. The judge said Bauer’s presumption of parenthood is “superior” to Marotta’s.
A friend of Marotta’s started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his legal expenses. As of Tuesday, the effort had raised about $2,300.
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Illegal alien deported 10 times faces child rape charges

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From Kansas City Star: A man from Mexico who had been deported from the U.S. 10 times in the last six years faces charges accusing him of raping a child in Kansas.
Tomas Martinez-Maldonado is jailed in Geary County on $100,000 bond on a charge of raping the child last month. Public defender Cole Hawver declined to comment Friday. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Martinez-Maldonado during his first appearance Thursday.
The Geary County prosecutor’s office did not respond to a request Friday for a copy of the probable cause affidavit filed to support the charge.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which was asked by Geary County to investigate the allegations, said the matter was reported to police in late September. The agency said the suspect was detained immediately and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement until charges were filed.
The agency declined comment about where he was taken into custody and where the crime is alleged to have occurred, citing the ongoing investigation.
The criminal complaint filed Sept. 30 against Martinez-Maldonado said the rape is alleged to have occurred on or about Sept. 27. The complaint doesn’t list an age for the suspect but says he was born in 1978.
ICE said in an email that Martinez-Maldonado, a citizen of Mexico, has been deported back to Mexico from the U.S. 10 times since 2010. ICE also said he has a 2013 federal felony conviction for illegal re-entry into the U.S., making him an enforcement priority for ICE, which means the agency would take custody of him when his case in Kansas is completed.
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North Carolina Defunds Murderous Planned Parenthood

Life is precious. A baby in the womb is a human being!

North Carolina has joined Indiana and Kansas in defunding the baby-killing mill called Planned Parenthood – an oxymoron of a name, because anyone who kills his/her offspring is no parent.

In November 2009, after seeing an ultrasound of a baby in the womb, a former director of a Planned Parenthood branch in Bryan, Texas, had an awakening of conscience. Abby Johnson admitted what had been, until then, the stuff of rumor:

  • Planned Parenthood has a monthly abortion quota or goal;
  • Planned Parenthood has a financial incentive to perform as many abortions as possible.

Urban Christian News reports, June 15, 2011, that Republican state representatives in North Carolina have voted to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the state budget Wednesday morning, ensuring that a provision to strip all federal and state money from Planned Parenthood will take effect on July 1.

NC's pro-abortion Democrat governor, Beth Perdue

As in Indiana and Kansas, the North Carolina vote is prompted by Planned Parenthood’s provision of abortions. The vote will result in Planned Parenthood North Carolina (PPNC) losing $434,000 a year in state and federal funds. Women who want an abortion at PPNC will now have to pay out of their own pocket.

NC’s conservative lawmakers have another bill that would not just defund PPNC but restrict access to abortions.

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The Audacity of This Senator

Aren’t you proud Kansas?

Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (Democrat) was pulled over by the Kansas City Highway Patrol on the Kansas Turnpike in Lyon County on January 24, 2010 (I don’t know why the video is now released, over a year later. The first comment appeared on April 6th).  The trooper pulled her over because she was driving 84 mph in a 70 mph zone.  This woman had the audacity to have the following exchange with the State Trooper:

  • Senator: “And I’m asking you this, if you would just give me a warning today. I’m asking you as a State Senator. I’m asking you as being in the legislative session we are immune, immunity…(inaudible).
  • Trooper: “I can’t delay you but you’re not immune from getting a citation.”
  • Senator: “So it would be at your discretion to have mercy on me and just give me a warning?
  • Trooper: Explains how he caught her speeding. “I’m not going to warn you today. I am going to issue you a citation.” More explaining of how he caught her speeding.
  • Senator: Explaining how something is “wrong” with the speedometer.
  • More back and forth exchange.
  • Senator: “So the Chief of Police (inaudible) me that you’re going to override (inaudible) and not have mercy on me?”
  • More blah, blah, blah from the Senator.
  • Trooper: “Here’s your citation. Do you have any other questions?”
  • At the 15:23 mark the Senator says: “Are you sure this is not racial profiling?”
  • Trooper: “No.” Explains how to pay the ticket.
  • Senator: “Well that’s interesting.  I’ve been in the legislature since 2003 and you’ve been (inaudible) since 2003.  Well, too bad that I (inaudible) enact laws and we can’t work together. One more question, what’s your name?” Then she goes on to say how she can’t make out his badge and that’s a complaint she gets, blah, blah, blah.
You can see the video here.  The exchange starts at approximately the 11:27 mark.
 
Apparently this Senator likes to acquire tickets.  Check out her record here. The Senator didn’t want to do an on-camera interview for the report from KWCH 12 Eyewitness News but issued this statement: “At no such time did I ever use my influence as a state lawmaker to receive favorable treatment from Wichita Police officers. No one is above the law.”  Didn’t use her influence? Then why mention your “senator” status and the police chief?
 
Yes, no one is above the law.  Guess when you can’t supersede the law you play the racial profiling card.  Keep it classy Senator.
 
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